Wednesday, March 16, 2016

May 6, 2016: The Industrial & Commercial History of Akron Walk


Mr. Denny Reiser, well known for leading his history, nature, and flower walks for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Metro Parks, and the Cascade Locks Park Association, will lead you back in time from when the Ohio & Erie Canal was constructed, up until the great flood of 1913 which was the end of the Canal's function and use. The Canal is said to have been the main reason Akron exists, as there were so many locks in such a short distance that travelers got off their canal boat while it made it's way through the many locks, spending a day or longer along this area.

You will learn about the canal, the mill race, as well as the many mills and furnaces along the mill race. You will learn about the industrial and commercial history of Akron, as well as the cultural history of the area that includes N. Howard St.

The walk will conclude at the Akron Sustainer - a shipping container converted to educational space and created by Kaley Foster with help of an Akron Torchbearer's grant. The Akron Sustainer was recently featured at the Akron Home & Garden Show's Tiny Village, and its new home is at the Cascade Lofts directly across the canal from the Mustill Store Museum. Kaley will be there to answer your questions!

What: The Industrial & Commercial History of Akron - Locks 10-16 in the Cascade Valley

Led by: Cascade Locks Park Association Education Committee: Tim Miller & Denny Reiser

When: Friday May 6, 2016

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm Meeting location: Mustill Store & Museum 248 Ferndale St, Akron, OH 44304

Accessibility: bike friendly, pets welcomed, wheelchair accessible, strollers welcomed, kid friendly

Parking: Cascade Valley Park Trial Head parking lot off of North St. (Google or MapQuest 57 W. North St. Akron OH 44304). There is also plenty of street parking on North St. There is also parking at the Beech Street Trail Head a quarter mile south along the Towpath (behind the Innerbelt Night Club). All parking is free!

Route:
    • The Cascade Locks - Mustill Store and Museum 
    •  North St. Bridge 
    • The Schumacher Mill Wheel site 
    • The Mill Race Tunnel entrance
    •  Lock 13 Bridge / Lock 14 Trail head 
    • Lock 12 / 1880 railroad trestle remnants & current 1927 trestle 
    •  Schumacher Mill Race Dam 
    • Lock 10, The Power House remnants, & Beech St Trailhead 
    • Howard St. / Historical Jazz District 
    • Akron Sustainer at Cascade Lofts - converted shipping container
      A message from the organizer:  

      "[we want] to share our story with more people - our mission statement is to preserve, protect and promote the industrial, commercial and cultural heritage of the Cascade Locks Park along locks 10-16 of the Ohio & Erie Canal."